ERIC Number: ED189857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary French Program Evaluation: Preliminary Report. The Base-line Cohort: The Grade 8 Class of 1977-78.
Stennett, R. G.; Isaacs, Lorna
Several hundred junior high school students of French in Ontario were administered a battery of various tests of French skills and of language and cultural attitudes. The purpose of the testing was to determine the relationships among the dimensions being tested, as a step in the evaluation of Ontario's elementary French program. Total amount of French instruction correlated highest with students' scores on the listening and structural control segment of a speaking test. Amount of instruction correlates negatively with French class anxiety but positively with attitude toward learning French. None of these correlations is especially striking. The major impact of instructional emphasis appears to be on students' listening and oral-aural skills. An examination of student characteristic variables indicates that girls generally do better than boys, that intellectually superior students generally demonstrate relatively high achievement and positive attitudes, and that students with high academic achievement in other subjects show relatively great achievement in and more positive attitudes toward French. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Board of Education (Ontario). Educational Research Services.
Identifiers - Location: Canada